- 1 [singular, uncountable] the action of holding somebody/something; the way you are holding somebody/something synonym grip His hold on her arm tightened. She tried to keep hold of the child's hand. Make sure you've got a steady hold on the camera. in sport
- 2[countable] a particular way of holding somebody, especially in a sport such as wrestling or in a fight The wrestler put his opponent into a head hold. The exercise called for the recruits to get out of various holds. See related entries: Combat sports power/control
- 3[singular] hold (on/over somebody/something) influence, power or control over somebody/something What she knew about his past gave her a hold over him. He struggled to get a hold of his anger. see also stranglehold in climbing
- 4[countable] a place where you can put your hands or feet when climbing She put her foot firmly in the hold and pulled herself up. see also foothold, handhold, toehold on ship/plane
- 5[countable] the part of a ship or plane where the goods being carried are stored See related entries: Parts of a plane, Parts of boats and ships Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 Old English haldan, healdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch houden and German halten; the noun is partly from Old Norse hald
- 1to find something that you want or need I need to get hold of Tom's address. It's almost impossible to get hold of tickets for the final. The police do not know how the boy got hold of the knife. How did the press get hold of the story?
- 2to learn or understand something
- 1delayed until a later time or date She put her career on hold to have a baby. The project is on hold until more money is available. The department has placed its plans on hold pending the results of the elections.
- 2if a person on the telephone is put on hold, they have to wait until the person that they want to talk to is free (British English) I’ll just pop you on hold.